College Sports The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time  

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A list of the best Heisman Trophy winners of all time. Since 1935, the Heisman Trophy has been handed out to the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Some of the greatest players in college football history have won this award. The Heisman Trophy is one of the most coveted awards in all of American sports. Of the tens of thousands of players who compete on Saturdays, many of them want to win this award.

Notre Dame and Ohio State are currently the schools with the most Heisman winners with 7 each. USC is second with 6, though they had 7 prior to Reggie Bush vacating the 2005 Heisman Trophy due to a controversial ruling by the NCAA. Schools, students and alumni take a lot of pride when one of their players winning the Heisman.

The list of collegiate superstars who have won the Heisman is impressive. Pro Football Hall of Fame running backs like Oklahoma State's Barry Sanders, USC's Marcus Allen and Texas's Earl Campbell were all recipients of the Heisman Trophy. Ohio State's Archie Griffin is the only two-time Heisman winner. More recently, quarterbacks like Auburn's Cam Newton, Baylor's Robert Griffin III and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel have won the award.  

College football is one of the most popular sports in America. Second to winning a national championship, nothing riles up a school's fan base like having a player in contention to win the Heisman Trophy.

This is the list of all of the Heisman Trophy winners of all time. Vote or rerank this list based on who you think is the greatest Heisman Trophy winner ever. 
list ordered by

1
615 162
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

2
582 173
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

3
429 190
Herschel Walker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Return specialist

4
394 198
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

5
333 146
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

6
286 147
Marcus Allen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

7
283 162
Tony Dorsett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

8
315 164
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

9
273 179
Archie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

10
204 161
Ricky Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

11
213 193
Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Wide Receiver

12
268 247
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

13
226 195
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

14
313 263
Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

15
334 282
Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

16
221 213
Desmond Howard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

17
197 167
Eddie George is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

18
163 146
Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
RobLein added Running back

19
183 145
Marcus Mariota is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
surag added Quarterback

20
164 151
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

21
158 121
Doak Walker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

22
150 136
Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

23
130 130
Paul Hornung is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

24
175 251
Robert Griffin III is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

25
161 162
Carson Palmer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

26
134 180
Mark Ingram, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

27
81 126
Charles White is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

28
68 123
George Rogers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

29
103 116
Johnny Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Wide receiver

30
111 104
Ernie Davis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

31
88 129
Ron Dayne is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

32
103 134
Charlie Ward is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

33
81 99
Davey O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

34
90 121
Mike Rozier is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

35
95 139
Vinny Testaverde is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

36
115 165
Sam Bradford is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

37
83 93
Glenn Davis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Halfback

38
77 94
Doc Blanchard is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Fullback, Linebacker

39
141 300
Johnny Manziel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time

40
69 93
Tom Harmon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

41
82 119
Steve Spurrier is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

42
56 110
Troy Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

43
73 110
John Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

44
71 119
Andre Ware is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

45
54 93
Steve Owens is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

46
54 82
Ty Detmer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
RobLein added Quarterback

47
52 100
Howard Cassady is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Halfback

48
47 88
Les Horvath is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Quarterback

49
44 79
John David Crow is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Halfback

50
49 99
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Halfback